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Healthy Living Guide: Boston

October 20, 2011

This week, we are headed up to beautiful New England to explore Boston, Massachusetts! Boston is an incredible city, unlike any other in the United States. It holds a rich history of some of America’s most important events, such as the Boston Tea Party and The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, and is currently home to more than 100 colleges and universities! Boston also has a strong affinity towards health and wellness. The city plays host to the world’s oldest marathon each year, is home to thousands of runners, and has anything but a shortage of healthy meal options! Check out some of our favorite restaurants in the Boston area.

For more healthy options around the country, have a look at all of Integrative Nutrition's Healthy Living Guides!

The Elephant Walk
900 Beacon Street

The Elephant Walk has a menu that is a wonderful and healthy marriage between Cambodian and Classic French Cuisine. While they do serve meat dishes, the restaurant also features an extensive list of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meal options.


life aliveLive Alive
765 Massachusetts Avenue

At Live Alive, they believe that a delicious meal, no matter how simple, is the starting point for nurturing the body and soul and bringing the community together. They feature an organic menu that will meet any of your culinary needs, whether you are raw, vegan, gluten-free or an omnivore!


organic gardenOrganic Garden Café
294 Cabot Street

This popular vegetarian restaurant has a menu of completely certified organic, vegetarian, meat and dairy-free items. All dishes are designed to give you all the nutrients you need to make you feel your best. They also feature an impressive organic beer and wine list.


b. goodB. Good
272 Newbury Street

Two good friends, who loved fast food but hated the way it made them feel, opened this restaurant in the heart of one of Boston’s most famous shopping streets. B. Good features such fast food favorites as French fries and hamburgers with a healthy spin, using only the best, organic ingredients. Can’t make it to Newbury Street? Check their website to find one of their many other Massachusetts locations.


veggie planetVeggie Planet
47 Palmer Street

Veggie Planet is a laid-back pizza joint in the heart of Harvard Square that, at any given time of day, is full of hungry, healthy college students. The menu features vegan and vegetarian pizzas that are sure to please. Not in a pizza mood? You can put any pizza topping combination on brown or coconut rice instead!


135 Richmond
North End

Mare is an Italian seafood restaurant whose claim to fame is having Boston’s first all-natural ingredient list, specializing in locally grown seafood. Make sure you have a reservation or expect to wait for a table – the restaurant holds a several prestigious titles, including one of Travel + Leisure Magazine’s Top 20 Restaurants in the World!


the pulse cafeThe Pulse Café
195 Elm Street

This organic, vegan restaurant in Somerville, just outside of Boston, is a great option for a healthy lunch or dinner. Many of their menu options are also gluten-free, and the staff is very accommodating to those with food allergies. The Pulse Café is also very environmentally conscious and uses only biodegradable packaging and utensils.


rafiki bistroRafiki Bistro
1682 Massachusetts Avenue

Rafiki Bistro is most well known for their extensive list of organic beverages. Choose from a selection of specialty cocktails, organic beers, biodynamic wines, loose-leaf teas and fairly traded coffees. But don’t skip the food! They also have an all-natural, organic menu of American dishes.


henriettas tableHenrietta’s Table
1 Bennett Street

Henrietta’s mission statement says it all: “Our goal is to deliver the freshest available food, through proper cooking techniques and excellent service.” The feel of this restaurant is very comfortable, and together with the fresh, healthy menu options, it provides the perfect spot for a family dinner or brunch with friends!


center street cafeCentre Street Café
669A Centre Street
Jamaica Plain

This unique café in Boston’s most eclectic neighborhood, Jamaica Plains, has a wonderful menu of locally grown and organic options. Whether you are a vegetarian, a meat eater or just like to eat healthy, whole foods, this café has something for you!


ten tablesTen Tables
597 Centre Street
Jamaica Plains

This restaurant has three locations in Massachusetts, one in Cambridge, another in Provincetown, and perhaps our favorite, a location in Jamaica Plains. This is a cozy, inviting restaurant with an American menu that uses locally sourced ingredients.


100 Stuart Street

This restaurant is one of Boston’s finest dining experiences. Opened by acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten of Mercer Kitchen, Spice Market and several other restaurants in New York City, Market has an incredible menu of locally sourced produce and seafood. It is conveniently located in the W Hotel close to the theatre district and is perfect for a pre- or post-show meal.


true bistroTrue Bistro
1153 Broadway

True Bistro is one of the only upscale vegan restaurants in the Boston area. They have fantastic brunch, lunch and dinner menus that feature such items as seitan burgers, tofu scrambles and green curry. They also have a special gluten-free and nut-free menu available.


peace o piePeace o’ Pie
487 Cambridge Street

This pizza restaurant in Allston, just west of Boston proper, features a 100% vegan menu. They also use local, organic ingredients whenever possible and avoid using sweeteners such as sugar or honey in any of their products. They also put a big emphasis on using environmentally friendly packaging and supplies and make a point to recycle all materials and compost any left over food.  

For more restaurant options around the country, have a look at all of Integrative Nutrition's Healthy Living Guides, or explore all our recommendations on the map below!

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